Career in Photography - Eligibility, Salary, Scope & Institutes

What does it take to become a professional photographer? Looking forward to build your career in this field? Read the article to find out if you’re cut out for this job.

Who should choose this field?

Some basic characteristics that one might consider to be important to be a good photographer:

  • Creativity

  • Patience

  • An eye for detail

  • Diligence

  • Technical expertise

  • Ability to work with a team

Photography Courses

There are a variety of courses available in this field, both short term (Certificate courses and Diploma courses) and long term (Degree courses).

Photography Courses:

Certificate Courses:

  • Certificate in Digital Photography

  • Certificate in Fashion Photography

  • Certificate in Professional Photography

  • Certificate in Still Photography

Diploma Courses:

  • Diploma in Photography

  • Diploma in Fashion Photography

  • Diploma in Commercial Photography

  • Diploma in Professional Photography

  • Diploma in Wildlife Photography

Degree Courses such as:

  • BA Photography

  • BA Visual Arts and Photography

  • BFA Photography

  • B.Sc. Photography and Video Visual Production

  • B.Sc. in Photography and Cinematography

If one plans to study abroad, the types of courses are fairly the same, but it is advised to check based on the university one wishes to join.

Eligibility and Duration:

Certificate Courses:

10+2 pass from any stream. Some institutes may also accept students after 10th std. Course lasts for around 3-6 months.


10+2 pass from any stream. Some institutes may also accept students after 10th std. Course lasts for around 1-3 years, some institutes may also offer courses of shorter duration.

Degree Course:

10+2 pass from any stream. Course lasts for 3 years.


Value of this course abroad:

This course is just as valued as any other course abroad. Since it is not as mainstream and regular as the popular choices such as engineering, medicine etc., there might be comparatively lesser openings, but great talent is never left unrecognized. One may obtain photography scholarships and opportunities to study at some of the best Arts Schools in the world.

Top Photography Institutes (Govt.):

  1. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

  2. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad

  3. Indian Institute of Digital Art and Animation, Kolkata

  4. Osmania University, Hyderabad

  5. National Institute of design, Ahmedabad

  6. Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai

  7. National Institute of Photography, Mumbai

Top Photography Institutes (Private):

  1. Light and Life Academy, Ooty

  2. Pearl Academy (Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi, Noida)

  3. Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida

  4. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

  5. Delhi College of Photography

  6. Livewires-The Media Institute, Mumbai

  7. The One School, Goa

  8. Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication, Delhi

  9. Indian Institute of Photography

Entrance Exam:

There is no specific entrance exam that one needs to prepare for to gain admission in such a course, though there may be general entrance tests administered by certain Universities, which one might need to prepare for.

Work Profile:

There are different types of jobs a photographer may take up afterwards, based on his interests/abilities. The work profile varies based on his job. Some of the different profiles include working at news agencies, newspapers, magazines, museums, art galleries, auctioneers, wedding photographers, wildlife photographers etc. These jobs could be part time or full time. There are areas of specialization that include scientific, aerial and forensic photography.

Earning Potential:

The average salary of a photographer is around INR 16,911, while it ranges from anywhere in between INR 10,000-20,000 for a beginner, needless to say that it increases as he gradually moves up the experience ladder.

Future Prospects:

The field of photography has started to blossom and gain attention in the past few years, and it is expected to gain more popularity and soar higher in the times to come. The future is abundant with opportunities, with plenty of scope for progress and exploration into different fields it consists of.